First there's Vladimir Putin, the guy who's well on his way to change Russia back into the dictatorship it has been for most of its history. According to reader Gerald, Putin managed to state that the Netherlands is not a democracy, but a monarchy. Yeah, and my car doesn't run on gasoline, but on premium unleaded. Hello, Mr. Putin?! The Netherlands is a constitutional monarchy, in which the king or queen has a largely ceremonial role, and in which the prime minister is directly responsible for all actions of the members of the House of Orange. Anyway, I guess I should thank Mr. Putin for pointing out the virtues of democracy: at least we can vote our retard leaders out. (Update: read the transcript here.)
Bert Koenders, a member of the Dutch Labour party PvdA and connaisseur of expensive restaurants. Today the Dutch government made the very wise decision of sending 165 Special Forces to aid the American and British troops in Afghanistan who are combatting terrorists there. Koenders, knowing full well he'll have to chat up Labour babes on Saturday night (admittedly, they tend to be pretty), put on his most impressive face and went on television stating that he wasn't too sure he wanted Dutch Special Forces to participate in 'kill and destroy missions'. Mr. Koenders, I'm sure the word 'kill' goes down well with your largely anti-militaristic electorate, but they are called search and destroy missions. The 'destroy' part usually takes care of the 'kill' part, and unlike the Dutch Labour party, the military tend to be efficient.